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Though we normally require a 7-night stay, from Saturday-to-Saturday, we're starting to relax about that, so if your needs are different, please DO enquire, even though the HomeAway "Book Now" function won't accept such a booking unless I approve it!
We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. We're convenient to the major bus and tube lines running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the Ground and Lower Ground floors of a Regency terraced town house. Travel back in time with us: all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, cozy, comfortable holiday rental flat features high ceilings in the principal rooms, cornice mouldings, and the original butler-buffed wood floors. The furnishings feature elegant Georgian mahogany, polished English silver and brass, and Colefax & Fowler fabrics. The kitchen is very well-equipped for cooking the gourmet treats to be found in the abundant local markets. Children over 12 welcome. Superfast WiFi and Sky TV featuring the Premium Sports and Movies channels.
The Bus: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.30 with the Oyster Card that you'll get the day you arrive.!
Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Other buses from this neighborhood have similarly-stunning itineraries
The Tube and Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4'.
It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012 Olympics heritage sites are quickly accessed from here as well.
Heathrow Airport, by the way, is best accessed by the 15-minute Heathrow Express train, which you get from Paddington Station, less than 20 minutes away.
Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cozy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off at the BBQ in our pretty garden then hunker down for some uniquely English delights on Sky TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website. Find out why so many celebs, including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, live right here in Islington!
Both bedrooms are compact, quiet and private. The stylish Master Bedroom (8' x 13.5') faces east so it's very sunny in the morning. (It has a blackout shade for jet-laggers.) Two large closets with over 10' of hanging rods and 5 feet of shelving, plus a 4-drawer chest of drawers. Two large under-bed drawers, too. Lovely designer fabrics, cozy classic English ambiance. The charming Guest Bedroom (8.5' x 12') has several running feet of deep open bookshelves rather than a bureau. Its closet is in the hall just outside, with 5' of rod. Both sophisticated bedrooms feature period oil paintings, antiques, luxury wool carpet, designer fabrics, dimmable lighting and fine linens. Tranquil, elegant nights guaranteed! NOTE: The Victoria Line tube runs deep below Gibson Square. On exceptionally quiet days you can hear a low rumble way down below in the bedrock. We find it a charming 'white noise', and think you will too. The trains shut down late at night, of course....moreless
Italian marble counter, fluffy towels, ample storage behind the mirrors, and -- the secret to a happy marriage -- two sinks. There's no tub, but there's a proper tiled shower with a fixed head and excellent water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). There's a full laundry room behind the bathroom, with an American-style separate drier, and so -- unlike many London flats -- this one won't have you draping damp clothes all over the house all week! How sophisticated is that?! And yes, the WiFi broadband reaches here too....moreless
Featuring a sophisticated Denon stereo/home cinema audio system, a flat-screen 14:9 Samsung TV, a CD/DVD player and an iPod port ready to go. Lots of good movies and TV-show boxed sets, plus Sky+ (TIVO-style) satellite recordable TV with the extra Movies and Sports options. The computer provided is a Dell PC, with an Epson Printer-Scanner-Copier-FAX. WiFi broadband. American voltage converter and plug adapters. It's all hidden in a cupboard by the fireplace.
Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read.
All downlights, and the sconces and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a calm, elegant setting when you want it.
The garden and window boxes are all automatically irrigated, and there's a gas BBQ on the cool York stone terrace outside the kitchen.
DISCLAIMERS: As with all houses of this type and period, the rooms aren't huge. Also, a slightly pinched internal staircase makes the house unsuitable for anyone who's troubled by stairs....moreless
To book the last few weeks remaining in 2015, we've dropped our price from £1595 per week to just £1395. (And only £1195 for the weeks beginning May 23 and June 27!) This is an outstanding value, and these weeks will now go very fast indeed, so act now to lock in an exceptional deal on this exceptional property! We've just added a sweet little reading shed out in the garden, too.
We have a formal Booking Agreement which we will ask you to sign in order to lock in your reservation. It will be sent to you as soon as your enquiry is accepted for booking.
Please note that the flat is not suitable for pre-teens. Also, the entire building and front steps are absolutely no smoking. And much as we love a great dog, we just can't accept pets here.
There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to run up a large phone bill, or rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system. If it takes Maria longer than 3 hours to clean the place after your departure, overtime will be deducted from your deposit at the rate of £15 per hour (but please note that this has NEVER yet happened!)
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Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return !!
Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of the Upper Street restaurants
Other Activities: Theater, theater, theater (or theatre, theatre, theatre!). Antiques, casinos, flea markets, designer clothes, you name it. HEY, it's London !!!
Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Recently retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had nearly 300 guests in the past six years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty.
Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France.
My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: 'RCA Victor's Man about Broadway'. He produced more than 60 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. He does most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind our London flat.
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Why the Owner Chose Islington: We love the Regency (late Georgian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across the square, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here, notwithstanding the fact that we're a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, abounding with life and energy.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what comes up!
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